I haven’t been here for years. That does not mean I have forgotten about my blog. Most of the times I feel I have abandoned it for several reasons, a reason, the only reason; life getting in the way of doing the things I or you really like doing. And, with that thought, it’s about time to get grounded and not let that “life” get in the way of things that fill your cup. Since we are being told to practice “social isolation,” in a world where people socialize through the web more than in their everyday lives, then, why not take this as an opportunity to really reach out to those around us more than ever? Since humankind likes to do and practice the opposite of what they’re being told to, so now what? I guess it’s time to reflect and come to appreciate what you have and those around you, even if they’re not there near you physically, that does not mean we are totally isolated, or are we?
I say to myself each day now: “You have abandoned your blog!” The truth is I haven’t, it’s always in the back of my head, pushing me to write something, post something, DO something. But, real life gets in the way, all the time, each and every day. Besides, taking into consideration I quit my previous job, packed my stuff, rented my house, moved to Jacksonville, got married, went job hunting, found a job, etc. So, when does one actually blog? Ok, right now, now is a good time to blog. I found this inspiring slide show, so here you have it while life sucks me away again until I find another space to sit here and… blog!
Step one: Make a dragon egg by using a small box, some paper and aluminum foil. Give it a nice egg shape and cut out some leaves out of a piece of vinyl. Attach them with needles and voila! A dragon egg!
Step two: Dress yourself like Daenerys Targaryen.
Step three: Write your resignation letter (be polite and grateful), and put it in an envelope with a loud & clear message.
Step four: Go to Human Resources, place your dragon egg on their counter top and say: “Here is my dragon, I hope you take good care of it when it grows up!”
Go ahead, click on the link if you’re a believer…
I was in Burlington, VT a few weeks back, and I had the opportunity to attend a Paint Nite. I think it’s the most wonderful thing ever! You don’t need to be an artist or have magical skills with brushes. You just need to be patient, follow instructions and go with the flow. Basically, you need to focus and listen to what the art teacher tells you to do because everyone will be painting the same portrait, but they all end up being different.
This is the entrance of the infamous Irish Pub, the Ri Ra, right on Church Street, Burlington, where we all got covered in acrylic paint. Yay!
They provide all the materials you need, the canvas, brushes, paint, a cup of water to dip the brushes and they even give you a card with your name on, so you can reserve your spot before the event.
People sit in long tables with their canvases in front of them. The teacher provides an apron too, in case there are accidents. Well, it’s a pub after all and you can drink while you paint.
They also interrupt your art process and make you hold silly pole signs.
This was our table. I’m the one at the end, and next to me is my best friend, Ligia. It was her idea to go and do this and I am so glad we went.
One has to concentrate on the details…
The final result! The painting is called Day & Night, and Ligia’s night sky looks excellent. Mine is more like a dusk/dawn color, I think. She liked my twirls, though. Regardless, it was fun and different, being able to go to a painting gig in a pub. Try it out! It seems to be the latest trend in many places. And, you can take your creation home and hang it up on a wall to show off too.
Shame, shame, shame, it’s been a long while since I last updated this blog. The thing is, life gets in the way when you want to blog. In my case, life, work and 20 other stuff not even worth mentioning. Anyhow, here are the pics of my Christmas tree. All decorations are hand made. I made most of them, but my mom helped sewing the hat. I was thinking this should be a Halloween tree you can put up in October and leave it there until Christmas! Why not!
These are the foam balls I hand painted with different Jack Skellington’s facial expressions. You can find them at Party City and they come in 6-packs. I used a very fine point Sharpie, but there are other pens you can use.
And this is the tree! I bought the huge foam ball for Jack’s head at a local craft shop, where I also purchased the material used for the beard. I cut the material in two pieces, giving the pointy shape to it while cutting, of course, and then sewed them together with white thread. I used the same type of sharpie for the face, and my mom made the hat with scrap leftovers of a red velvet dress. I got the ribbon from someone at eBay, just to give it a more Burtonesque swirl touch. Maybe the whole concept would look much better on a white or a frosted Christmas tree. Hmmm….. or maybe I should get one of those, but larger and make even more Jack heads and add up some black ribbon as well. Hee, hee, hee…
This is a collection of photos I took at the Campechada today, which was dedicated to Myrna Báez. La Campechada is all about art, music and performance in the streets of Old San Juan. I had the opportunity to watch wonderful and amazing performances from the dance company, Andanza, the theater company Y no había luz, and from the master, Deborah Hunt. Enjoy!
Legend says Mimusa went to Bethlehem to adore baby Jesus.
Upon arrival, her gaze fixation could not be helped, especially on those cute animals that roamed the nation…
She then proceeded to attack the sheep.
And after terrorizing the shepherds she just fell asleep, then Greta showed up to finish the job!
Well, not quite…
COMING SOON: The Christmas Tree Post
So, Halloween is just around the corner, and for this year I wanted to do something a bit different, but with a more “current world events” theme. Long story short, I chose to become a plague doctor. Now, the problem with this is that there are not that many visual references of the actual plague doctor of medieval times, so I had to rely on the few pictures that can be found over the Internet and of course, my imagination.
While doing research I came across the masks done by Tom Banwell which are beautiful, but expensive. So, I decided to draw one, make a pattern out of my drawing and build the mask myself.
I first drew the pattern on white paper and adjusted it to fit my face, then, I traced the drawings to a piece of white cardboard, and cut the pieces out.
Next, I attached them together using tape. I just wanted to have a prototype to see how it would look like. I adjusted the bottom part with manila paper, because the cardboard was a bit heavy and wouldn’t sit in place.
I used leather scraps to make my mask. There is a nearby shop where they sell different types of leather and leather products, so I went in and bought a small piece that would suffice for my project.
I traced my pattern and made a Burtonesque detail around the eyes, just for fun. I wanted my mask to look different and unique.
This is the mask nearly finished. The scissors are there to help the mask stand on on its own. I used soft, malleable pieces of leather, not suede. So although the material was soft, it took me a long while to sew the pieces together. First, I had to drill tiny holes all around the edges. But, in the end, that made the sewing part a whole lot easier.
My sister joined me in my madness as a Black Swan…
And in the end, I threw in a little something to make the whole outfit more appropriate for the times we are experiencing.
I have been so busy lately, that I haven’t been able to post anything in here. Let’s hope I can can change that, soon. These photos were taken in March, this year, in the Puppeteer Fest that takes place at several venues around here. I took awesome photos of the “Cantastoria” event, where actors sing and tell a story using hand-made moving scrolls and posters. Anyhow, I’ll shut up and let you enjoy the pics.
Philomena Sparks has won a gold medal at the Global Ebook Awards under the Steampunk category. I found out yesterday and was not expecting this at all. I am so stoked. Just wanted to post it here for all to see. Also, I wish to congratulate all who placed in the competition!
For the full list of winners, please click the screen shot above. And, if you want a signed copy, just let me know in the comments section. Philomena is on Amazon, Smashwords, Nook, iTunes and other places all over the Internet. I am and have been so terribly busy lately, and haven’t been able to blog as I used to, but I hope to catch up soon and post more frequently… or so I hope.
Here is a list of all the places where you can find Philomena and download a preview if you like.
Amazon – available in print and for Kindle
CreateSpace – only in print